An almost normal Friday, Death sitting on my couch, eating Cheetos
By: Jason Melvin
content warning : death
The text message was odd
You doing alright today?
830 in morning coming from
a nighttime/weekend friend
my first thought he texted the wrong person
weird dream last night just checking in
don’t mean to sound weird just piece of mind
so how gruesome was my death?
You just fell over
there’s really no need for deep contemplation
3 months ago my brother just fell over
3 weeks ago one nighttime/weekend we discussed it
that doesn’t mean I wasn’t acutely aware of any odd pains
a coworker calls at 10am he needs Monday off from work
his brother has a standing appointment with Death Cancer
and it looks like Death’s schedule has an opening this weekend
a phone call a few hours later confirms it he passed
at 4pm at home now another phone call
a different coworker arrived home after work
to find his wife dead in their bed unexpected
no appointment on the books
Death reclines back licks cheese dust off his fingers
watches cartoons mostly SpongeBob
He sits in the empty chair at the dining room table
while we play cards No
We do not deal him in
Why are we always so shocked so surprised?
when we know he’s always
Jason Melvin is a father, husband, grandfather, high school soccer coach, and metals processing center supervisor, who lives just outside of Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in Rat’s Ass Review, Kitchen Sink Magazine, The Electric Rail, The Front Porch Review and Shambles, among others.
Find Jason on Instagram @JasonMelvin5.